Things to see & do

What to look out for

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What's on?

Enjoy the fresh air and getting back to basics when you join us by taking part in a bushcraft day, learn more about fungi or even head out on a guided walk.

Head outdoors

Discover some great walks with your dog

With downloadable walks and trails Allen Banks is ideal for a day outside, whether it's on foot or by bike you can explore the grounds and admire the colorful landscape.

Don't miss...

  • Going on a hike
  • Learning all about fungi and its habitat
  • Wrapping up and taking your pooch for an adventure
  • Discovering wildlife in their own habitat
  • Sleeping under the stars during our Bushcraft Weekend
  • Having a well-deserved rest in the new and improved summerhouse
  • Snacking on a picnic at the seating area

50 Things to do before you're 11 ¾

Birdwatching is just one of the things you can do at Allen Banks

Birdwatching is just one of the things you can do at Allen Banks

Love being outdoors? Then '50 Things to do before you're 11 ¾' is the challenge for you! At Allen Banks you can complete a range of tasks by yourself (see the list to the right) and tackle the tricker ones with some help from us (see below).

Book onto one of our events to Camp out in the wild (no. 3), Play in the snow (no. 15), Cook on a camp fire (no. 47), Go on a really long bike ride (no. 11), Build a den (no. 4) and Explore a cave (no. 29).

During your visit you can...

  • Climb a tree (no. 1)
  • Skim a stone (no. 5)
  • Run around in the rain (no. 6)
  • Make a mud pie (no. 13)
  • Dam a stream (no. 14)
  • Make a daisy chain (no. 16)
  • Play pooh sticks (no. 19)
  • Explore inside a tree (no. 22)
  • Hold a scary beast (no. 30)
  • Hunt for bugs (no. 31)
  • Catch a falling leaf (no. 33)
  • Track wild animals (no. 34)
  • Make a home for a wild animal (no. 36)
  • Bring up a butterfly (no. 38)
  • Go bird watching (no. 44)
  • Find your way with a map and compass (no. 45)
  • Find a geocache (no. 49)


Enjoy exploring the local area

Whether you enjoy a short stroll or a circular hike, there's an option here. Alternatively simply follow the path and see where it takes you.


Love your technology but want to do it outdoors? Now you can. Try geocaching here - it's perfect for a treasure hunt with its nooks and crannies and lots of hidden caches.

Dine al fresco

Bring along your favourite snacks and drinks for a picnic - opt for a picnic bench or a secluded spot in the woodland. If you prefer hot drinks and snacks, Housesteads Visitor Centre is just up the road.